The Guitar Repair & Building program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing draws students of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world.
Located on MSC Southeast's Red Wing campus, the Guitar Repair & Building program prepares students for a career in lutherie. Experience hands-on learning as you progress from basic repairs to the step-by-step process of building an acoustic guitar!
Beginning with the correct use of power and hand tools, our students gain a thorough understanding of woods, adhesives, history, and materials related to fretted instruments. You will practice a variety of common repairs and learn acoustic and electric guitar set-up, fretwork, finishing, and how to perform neck resets.
No previous woodworking experience or musical ability is required, but successful students are detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to sit at a workbench and stay focused on their work all day.
- First year guitar students build a flat-top steel string guitar in Guitar Repair & Building and also have the option to build an electric guitar.
- Second year students can choose to build a mandolin or archtop guitar and will also design and build their own acoustic guitar, electric guitar, or mandolin as part of the Guitar Development & Production diploma.
Our graduates are in high demand, working with music stores, independent repair shops, and instrument manufacturers. For more information, visit redwingmusicrepair.org. To become a student, apply for admission to MSC Southeast.
Electric Guitar Building (CERT)
Red Wing - 18 cr
Guitar Development and Production (DIP)
Red Wing - 39 cr
Guitar Repair and Building (DIP)
Red Wing - 39 cr
Download the Program Plan
Learn more about the musical instrument repair programs on our Red Wing campus at RedWingMusicRepair.org.